New Panama Canal Locks Welcome First Cruise Ship

first_imgImage Courtesy: Panama Canal AuthorityThe Expanded Panama Canal welcomed its first cruise ship, the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder, through the new locks on April 29, according to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).“The milestone signals the further diversification of traffic through the Expanded Canal and with it, introduces new repositioning opportunities for the cruise industry,” the ACP said.said Panama Canal Deputy Administrator Manuel Benitez. “Today’s historic transit marks the beginning of cruise lines being able to include the new locks as part of their itineraries, opening up additional transit options and allowing cruise passengers to witness first-hand this feat of modern engineering.”The Disney Wonder transited the Expanded Canal in a southbound direction from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The Disney Wonder’s Panama Canal crossing is part of a 14-night voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida, to San Diego, where the ship will sail cruises to Baja, Mexico, before a summer season from Vancouver to Alaska.The 2,713-passenger ship was transformed in late 2016, expanding its length to 299.92 meters.The Disney Wonder is one of several cruise ships to have transited the canal during the 2016-2017 cruise season that ends in May. However, the transit on April 29 marked the first time a passenger vessel utilized the new locks of the Expanded Canal. Other lines such as Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line all sent passenger vessels through the original locks.By the close of the 2017 fiscal year, which ends September 30, the total number of passenger ships is expected to reach 233, representing a total 237,298 passengers to have transited both the original and new locks.On April 1, the Panama Canal began accepting booking requests for passenger vessels in the new locks. So far, 18 reservations have already been made for passenger vessels to transit the Expanded Canal for the 2017-2018 season, a number which is expected to increase in the coming months, ACP informed.last_img read more

Merlin Celebrates 13th Birthday at Maritime Museum

first_imgNova Scotians and visitors are invited to celebrate Merlin the rainbow macaw’s 13th birthday at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Saturday, May 16. The festivities will start at 10 a.m., with merlin-inspired crafts and card-making. At 3 p.m., Merlin will have a special birthday activity followed by cake and present opening at 3:30 p.m. A large card will also be available for visitors to sign throughout the day. “This is an exciting time of year for the museum,” said Johanna Kristjansson, Merlin’s caretaker. “This year’s birthday is especially exciting because he’s going to be a teenager.” Visitors can also take part in a birthday scavenger hunt that will go until Monday, and enter a contest for special prizes to be drawn for Saturday at 4 p.m. “The museum is committed to Merlin’s well-being, safety and environment,” Kim Reinhardt, museum manager. “Regular care for Merlin includes exercise every day, lots of love and visits to the veterinarian twice a year.” Merlin was born in captivity and joined the museum in 2006. Rainbows macaws are a hybrid, caused by cross-breeding scarlet and golden blue macaw. For more information go to maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

From marriage portal to deadly end

first_imgNew Delhi: Rohit and Apoorva had met through a marriage portal and later, on May 11, 2018, got married with the hope of a happy life but all the dreams started to crumble from the beginning of the marriage.Before all this, Rohit fought the intense legal battle for several years, with a hope to get recognition of being the biological son of ND Tiwari, a veteran politician and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The family became together in 2014. Before Tiwari’s death, Rohit tied his knot with an Indore based Lawyer. The first thing which the couple did was to meet ND Tiwari to seek his blessings. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, immediately after the marriage, the couple seemed to have had a fallout and Apoorva left for her parental home in Indore on May 29,2018. After this, the distance between the two kept growing steadily. Apoorva spent most of her time away from husband’s house in Defence Colony than in it. They had an unhappy marriage. Later on the fateful night of April 15, the woman smothered and strangulated him on his bed. Some other injuries were also found on the body. “We suspect that Property can be one of the reason s of argument, but it is being investigated as it was divided between two brothers,” said police. When asked whether any other person was behind the fight, police said they are investigating.last_img read more

Alimentation CoucheTard misses expectations despite record Q3 profits

Companies in this story: (TSX:ATD.B)The Canadian Press LAVAL, Que. — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has fallen short of analyst expectations despite posting record third-quarter earnings.The Quebec-based convenience store operator says net profits attributable to shareholders for the period ending Feb. 3 increased 27 per cent to US$612.1 million from US$482.4 million a year earlier.Excluding one-time items, Couche-Tard, which reports in U.S. dollars, says adjusted profits reached $609 million or $1.08 per diluted share.That compared with $301 million or 53 cents per share a year earlier.Revenues rose 4.6 per cent to $16.5 billion from $15.8 billion.The company was expected to earn $641.7 million or $1.17 per share in adjusted profits on $17.3 billion of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon. read more

No amnesty for gross human rights violations in Yemen top UN official

6 January 2012The UN human rights chief today warned that there must be no amnesty for gross rights violations in Yemen, stressing that the victims of the worst abuses during the country’s protracted crisis must have recourse to justice. The United Nations human rights chief today warned that there must be no amnesty for gross rights violations in Yemen, stressing that the victims of the worst abuses during the country’s protracted crisis must have recourse to justice.Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a statement calling on Yemeni decision-makers to respect the prohibition under international law against amnesties for the worst violations.An amnesty law may soon be presented to Yemen’s Parliament in the wake of the resolution of the conflict that killed an unknown number of people as pro- and anti-Government forces clashed last year as part of the Arab Spring uprising that gripped the wider Middle East and North Africa.Noting she has been closely following the debate about a possible amnesty in Yemen, Ms. Pillay said that both international law and UN policy are clear on the issue.“Amnesties are not permissible if they prevent the prosecution of individuals who may be criminally responsible for international crimes, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and gross violations of human rights,” she said.“Based on information we have gathered, there is reason to believe that some of these crimes were committed in Yemen during the period for which an amnesty is under consideration. Such an amnesty would be in violation of Yemen’s international human rights obligations.”The High Commissioner underlined the importance of a victim-centred approach to justice in countries such as Yemen that are emerging from violent conflict or crisis.“Victims have the right to justice, to the truth, to remedy and reparation – these are rights that are well-established internationally. Any adopted legislation would also need to respect the principle of equality before the law – meaning that there should be no discrimination between individuals who are pro-Government or in opposition and no distinction based on family connections. Every individual who commits a crime is accountable and should not be allowed to escape justice.” read more

Financials give TSX a minor boost loonie down amid flat GDP numbers

TORONTO — The Toronto stock index posted a minor gain Friday, while the Canadian dollar fell amid the latest GDP numbers released by Statistics Canada.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 16.69 points to 15,634.94, led mainly by financials.The country’s eight-month march of monthly growth in the economy came to an end in July after Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product was essentially unchanged at zero per cent growth in July compared with June. The development could head off more rate hikes this year and put downward pressure on the Canadian dollar.The loonie was trading at an average price of 80.13 cents US, down 0.19 of a U.S. cent.“The Canadian dollar softened as this GDP report reduced the odds of a third rate hike by the Bank of Canada this year, especially when you combine it with governor Stephen Poloz’s recent speech which gave more of a cautionary tone to the bank’s approach going forward,” said Todd Mattina, a chief economist at Mackenzie Investments.The Bank of Canada raised rates twice over the summer following the economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year, but Poloz said during a speech Wednesday that he has no prearranged route for further interest-rate hikes.On the corporate front, shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX:VRX) were up 79 cents, or 4.62 per cent, to $17.88 at the close of markets amid the company’s announcement that it has completed the sale of its iNova Pharmaceuticals business for $930 million in cash.Quebec-based Valeant says it will use net proceeds of about $920 million from the sale to reduce its debt, as it continues to simplify its portfolio and focus on its core businesses. The company’s shares have plunged since questions about its business model first emerged two years ago, when they traded for more than $300 per share.South of the border, U.S. stocks pushed further into record territory on Wall Street.The S&P 500 index edged up 9.30 points to 2,519.36 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 42.51 points to 6,495.96 — new highs for both indices. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones industrial average added 23.89 points to 22,405.09.In U.S. economic news, a Commerce Department report released Friday showed consumer spending inched up 0.1 per cent in August, and wages and salaries were unchanged. That could be a hint third-quarter economic growth will be weaker.In commodities, the November crude contract was up 11 cents to US$51.67 per barrel while the November natural gas contract lost a penny to US$3.01 per mmBTU.The December gold contract gave back $3.90 to US$1,284.80 an ounce and the December copper contract retreated three cents to US$2.96 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

Sri Lanka worries about overweight monks

Sri Lanka’s health ministry announced plans on Tuesday to draw up new guidelines for donating food to the country’s venerated Buddhist monks amid concerns about their weight and health.The ministry said the faithful, who offer alms as a religious tradition, tended to give food that was too high in fat and sugar and monks were developing preventable health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. “The Medical Research Institute has been asked to prepare menus that could be used for alms givings,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that the new guidelines would be issued next month. There are over 40,000 monks in Sri Lanka, where Buddhism is the religion of the majority of the nation’s 20 million people. Offering food to monks is believed to bring good luck in this life as well as in the next.Buddhists who believe in reincarnation also offer food to monks in a bid to transfer good karma or fortune to departed loved ones. “The food that is offered is tasty and very rich and it causes immense health problems for monks,” it said. The offering of breakfast or lunch requires much preparation and temples are usually overbooked. Devotees must sometimes wait for a year to get a slot in the alms calendar of a temple.While monks in urban areas have no shortage of alms, several temples in remote areas have closed down due to a lack of support from impoverished villagers.The health ministry said it was also setting aside separate wards in every state hospital to treat Buddhist monks as well as other clergy. (AFP) read more

FEMA officials contractor accused of hurricane relief fraud

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Federal authorities have arrested former officials of the Federal Emergency Management Authority and the former president of a major disaster relief contractor, accusing them of bribery and fraud as the U.S. territory struggled to recover from Hurricane Maria.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico says Cobra Acquisitions then-President Donald Keith Ellison gave FEMA’s deputy regional director use of a helicopter, hotel accommodations, airfare, personal security services and the use of a credit card.It says that in exchange, Ahsha Nateef Tribble exerted pressure on FEMA and local power utility officials to award contracts to Cobra.Tribble was FEMA’s primary leader in trying to restore electric power to the island, while Cobra was given contracts worth about $1.8 billion. The grand jury indictment was returned on Tuesday.The Associated Press read more

Trump Appears to Know Why Colin Kaepernick Isnt Back

Kaepernick settled a 2017 lawsuit against the NFL in February in which he alleged collusion. The athlete, who filed the litigation with Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, claimed the league blacklisted the two after they began kneeling during the national anthem at 49ers games. The demonstration, which Kaepernick began during the 2016 preseason, was in protest of the killings of Black Americans by police. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” he explained to NFL.com. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” “If he’s good enough, and I think if he was good enough, I know the owners, and I know Bob Kraft and so many of the owners. If he’s good enough, they would sign him,” Trump said to reporters at the White House August 9 before heading to his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort for his summer vacation. “So if he’s good enough, I know these people, they would sign him in a heartbeat. They will do anything to win games. So I would like to see it. Frankly, I would love to see Kaepernick come in if he’s good enough.” By spring 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent and has remained unsigned ever since. His ongoing unemployment is something for which Trump has taken some credit. The president even called for any NFL star who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to be fired. To Trump, kneeling rather than standing as the anthem plays is a sign of “disrespect” to “our flag.” Days after Colin Kaepernick declared he’s ready to go back into the NFL, President Donald Trump appeared to give him a vote of confidence — at least somewhat. Trump’s remarks on Kaepernick, who has not responded to the president, come two days after the free agent quarterback indicated he’s gearing up to get back to work as a signed pro football player. On Twitter Wednesday, the former San Francisco 49ers player said, “5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready.” Kaepernick’s actions drew fierce criticism from Trump, who became one of his biggest detractors. The tweet accompanied a video of Kaepernick doing a weight-heavy workout that said he’d been denied work for 889 days. Speaking to reporters Friday, the leader of the free world said Kaepernick ought to have a shot at coming back to the league if he’s up to par. “It was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that?” Trump said at a Kentucky rally in 2017. “I said if I remember that one, I’m going to report it to the people of Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag, right?” read more

Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker ready to take next step in 2017

OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) and redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) combine on a sack against Michigan junior quarterback Wilton Speight (3) during their game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorStarting for the second straight game in place of the injured Dante Booker against Oklahoma on Sept. 17, 2016, Ohio State then-sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker burst into the national spotlight.His seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and interception returned for a touchdown against Heisman Trophy candidate Baker Mayfield was just the beginning of a season in which he finished second on the team in tackles and tackles for loss and legitimized himself as potentially Ohio State’s next great linebacker.But Baker said he wasn’t where he was supposed to be positioned most of the time.“I made a lot of mistakes last year,” Baker said. “A lot of it, I just made up for it with my speed and everything.”Baker said he spent most of his offseason learning the defensive playbook from cover to cover. He added that actually understanding where he’s supposed to be will significantly help him better cover his assignments in a linebacker corps that’s capable of being one of the best in the country with Baker, redshirt junior Dante Booker and redshirt senior captain Chris Worley.So after a season of 83 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, just how good can Baker be?“It’s helped me grow a lot, and it also makes me realize I can be way better than I was last year,” Baker said. “That kind of just pushes me. I can do better than I did last year and I think I had a pretty good year last year.”Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Speed is what made Baker a fearsome force at the weak-side linebacker position. In several third-down situations last season against opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan, Baker would stand right behind the nose guard and blitz through the A-gap or spy the quarterback. He showed sideline-to-sideline speed rarely seen in a college linebacker.When watching film of Baker, the casual observer likely won’t recognize Baker was out of position, which is mostly due to the speed of the junior from Benedictine High School in Cleveland. Linebackers coach Bill Davis said Baker’s defensive IQ will put his play in a category of its own.“He wasn’t sure (of his alignment), he got right in between the two alignments and they hedged their bet. He’s in a whole different place now,” Davis said. “He has one of the highest football IQs that I’ve been around and you tell him once, he understands it.”As a second-year player thrusted into a starting role in Game 2, Baker wasn’t allotted time to dive into the playbook. He relied on instinct and his speed. Fortunately for Ohio State, the majority of the players it recruits have that instinct and speed out of high school, which makes them capable of contributing without specifically knowing the schematics.“You can take a slower body that has a clear mind, it looks like it’s going faster because he’s going without wasting anything,” Davis said. “When you take a Jerome Baker speed, and you get him understanding, then you really have something.”Baker, named a preseason first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated, has already been appearing on early NFL mock drafts and could be one more season like 2016 away from being a high-round NFL pick. With his increased IQ, Baker said last season wasn’t close to his full potential.“Personally, I know that last year was just scratching the surface so it just drives me to do more,” he said. “It’s no pressure with me. You just have to do your job.” read more

Suspension of parking meter contract a trick to end protests –

Below is a commentary by Dr Leslie Ramsammy on government’s purported suspension of the parking meter project for 3 months: Dr Leslie RamsammyAPNU+AFC is now using KERFUFFLING as dark art to trick people. The recent request to the M&CC to suspend the parking meter contract is a trick, hoping to buy time for the protests to disappear. But the people cannot be fooled so easily. Rather than immediate revocation, APNU+AFC’s timid request for a three-month suspension only heightens the suspicion that there is something unholy about the parking meter contract.The arrogance of SCS, the parking meter company, in their refusal to comply with court orders and their attempt to disavow a Cabinet decision this week adds to the suspicion of corruption that goes all the way to the belly of APNU+AFC. What gives SCS such spunk?Citizens in their individual capacities and as part of various organizations, political, civil and cultural, have made their feelings clear from the start – the parking meter contract is a corrupt deal, among the most corrupt in our history and a “contract from hell”.Citizens are not ambiguous, they are explicit and clear – the contract must be revoked. This past Thursday, people came out in overwhelming numbers for the 7th straight week to demand the termination of the contract. No one is asking any more for reduced rates and less punitive measures, everyone is demanding the revocation. The solidarity of the citizens had political support from the PPP even before the public protests started. Now the AFC and the WPA, partners in the APNU+AFC coalition, have also come out supporting revocation.But the Government, a coalition that includes the PNC, WPA and AFC, remains stubborn, twisting like a pretzel in finding ways for the protest to go away. Having reviewed the contract and allowing it to be implemented and having provided the empowering platform, the parking meter by-laws, APNU+AFC first sought to placate people by negotiating with the M&CC and the SCS to reduce the parking rates.They followed by asking for the suspension of the wheel clamping. As the protests persisted, APNU+AFC last week, through President Granger’s right-hand man, Joe Harmon, announced that APNU+AFC is awaiting further inputs from the citizens before it takes further action. It was a galling insult to the Guyanese people whose views have been clear by their public protests, town hall meetings, letters to the government, letters in the media, social media protests, etc. for several months now.In the midst of the 7th protest, APNU+AFC announced that Cabinet has requested the M&CC to suspend the contract for three months. But the call for a suspension is another trick as APNU+AFC twists even more than the most twisted pretzel.Given that individuals in the government have expressed their agreement with the people that the contract is, indeed, a “contract from hell” and given that the AFC and the WPA have now come out and denounce the contract, one has to wonder why APNU+AFC is sticking with the contract.APNU+AFC is hoping and betting that after three months the public scorn for this contract would “cool off” and the contract would quietly be resumed. They are completely under-estimating the revulsion the people have for the “contract from hell”.If President Granger and his colleagues, including Cabinet members from WPA and AFC, are so convinced that the contract is inimical to the national interest and is deficient in its compliance with our procurement laws, why then all this kerfuffling?They already reviewed the contract. Both the Ministries of Legal Affairs and the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance did detailed reviews. The President had meetings with the M&CC and the SCS. The people’s views have been front and center for the last two months in the form of public protest, town halls, media publications and on social media.Something is rotten in this deal and the reluctance of APNU+AFC to act decisively exposes the complicity of APNU+AFC. There is an unholy interest in keeping the contract that have led people to believe the contract was concocted at Congress Place between Cush of the National Parking System and one or more persons from the PNC. Could this be the reason why APNU+AFC is so engaged in this kerfuffling game and why they are twisting like a  pretzel to buy time for the protests to go away?Mark my word, in three months time, the protests will still be alive! APNU+AFC will not be able to trick people. Three months will not help. There is nothing more for us to find out in another review of the contract. It is a “contract from hell”, as the reviews by the Ministries of Legal Affairs and Finance and the Attorney General revealed before. There is nothing new that APNU+AFC can discover in the next three months. It is a rotten, corrupt, stench-disgusting contract. Another review will not remove the stench of corruption from this contract. The only decent thing right now is for the complete, unequivocal revocation of the contract.Dr Leslie Ramsammy Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRamsammy accuses Harmon of trying to insult intelligence of GuyaneseMarch 12, 2017In “Opinion”APNU/AFC more than complicit in Parking Meter corruption- RamsammyFebruary 24, 2017In “latest news”Parking Meter contract ‘one of the most corrupt deals’ in Guyana’s history – RamsammyFebruary 14, 2017In “Opinion” read more

LUnion européenne surveille ses abeilles

first_imgL’Union européenne surveille ses abeillesCourant 2011, la Commission européenne prévoit de mettre en place un programme de surveillance de la mortalité des abeilles. En effet, les butineuses meurent de façon importante et toujours inexpliquée à l’heure actuelle.La Commission européenne vient de décider au cours d’une réunion des ministres de l’Agriculture à Bruxelles qu’un programme de surveillance de la mortalité des abeilles allait être instauré. Dès 2011, un laboratoire de référence devrait être mis en place de façon à tenter de comprendre pourquoi ces insectes meurent.D’un autre côté, l’AFP rapporte que l’Union européenne pourrait inclure dans la loi qui doit paraître en 2012 concernant la santé animale, une clause traitant du problème. Pour l’heure, bien qu’il n’y ait aucune certitude, les pistes les plus sérieuses pouvant expliquer le déclin des abeilles sont l’empoisonnement par les pesticides et les cultures OGM. Estimée à 200.000 tonnes par an par la Commission européenne, la production européenne de miel concerne 700.000 apiculteurs. Le 25 janvier 2011 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

PeaceHealth welcomes bookend babies

first_imgOlivia AriahadiDaughter of Ari and Bethany AriahadiBorn at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Family Birth Center at 9:50 p.m. SaturdayMya Rae BradfordDaughter of Catlin Larsen and Nadir BradfordBorn at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Family Birth Center at 12:23 a.m. SundayThey’re tiny and beautiful girls, both with black hair, swaddled in hospital blankets and sleeping peacefully in mother’s arms. Their dads watch from a sofa near the window, and when they go home from the hospital Monday, they’ll have a chance to meet their siblings.But there’s a major difference between Olivia Ariahadi and Mya Rae Bradford. Olivia, you see, has a year on the girl down the hall at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Family Birth Center. Born at 9:50 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, she was the last baby of 2011. Mya Rae entered the world at 12:23 a.m., apparently the first baby to arrive at any Portland-area hospital in 2012. (The first metro-area baby that will have a 2012 Oregon birth certificate arrived at 12:27 a.m. in Beaverton).Not that Olivia was in any mood to reflect on 2011 as she slept through her first media interview at about 9 a.m. Sunday. But her parents, Ari and Bethany Ariahadi, couldn’t be more pleased. Or perhaps surprised.“We weren’t trying, for the record,” said Bethany Ariahadi. With a due date of Jan. 4, the couple, who live “just down the street” from the medical center, were expecting a 2012 arrival. But when Bethany went into laborabout suppertime, they knew it wasn’t to be.The Ariahadis coincidentally chose one of 2011’s most popular baby names when they named their new daughter Olivia Joy. According to the state Department of Health, which registers birth certificates, Olivia was the state’s second-most-popular name for girls in 2010 (the latest year available) and fourth nationally.last_img read more

Police shutdown Ocean Drive for Memorial Day Weekend

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A busy South Beach roadway was shutdown Friday morning as Memorial Day weekend arrives.According to Miami Beach Police, Ocean Drive will be shutdown as the Memorial Day festivities take place on the ground and in the air.On Friday morning, police blocked off traffic from Ocean Drive to Sixth and 15th streets. This shut down will last until Monday at 7 a.m., police said.The annual “Urban Beach Week” will take place in the area, which is expected to draw a young crowd. The event is also expected to attract some of the biggest names in hip-hop.Miami Beach is also hoping to attract families to join the fun during the other various events, including this year’s Air and Sea Show.Throughout the weekend, police announced additional changes to traffic in the area:Washington Avenue will only be open southbound from Fifth to 15th streetsCollins Avenue will only be open northbound from Fifth to 17th streetslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 release date confirmed What to expect on Aug

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:30Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:28?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … 5g network speed test: How fast is fast enough? Samsung, the world leader in the smartphone business, enjoyed its fair share under the spotlight during the launch of the Galaxy S10 series. It’s once again time to shine bright for Samsung as it gears up for the unveiling of yet another flagship, the Galaxy Note 10, at an event to be held in August.Confirming the ongoing rumours about Galaxy Note 10 launch, Samsung confirmed on Monday that it will be holding its Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in New York on August 7, 2019. The company only said that it “will unveil new devices designed to take the Galaxy ecosystem’s connectivity to the next level” without confirming the Galaxy Note 10 moniker.Samsung’s announcement was accompanied by a short teaser for “The Next Galaxy,” which featured a black stylus above a camera lens on a white background. Now, it’s hard to connect the dots, but some rumours had hinted at a camera in the S-Pen of the Galaxy Note 10. A lot of speculations have been made about the Galaxy Note 10 camera, such as a swivel selfie camera and a quad-camera setup at the back, but none of it is confirmed until Samsung says so. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch confirmedSamsungGiven the teaser, the S-Pen and the camera surely have a significant value. But we’ve been treated with a lot more than just the two features, which raise the question of what is going to be Samsung’s element of surprise at the launch.The most recent leak of Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ live images confirmed there will be more than one variant. In fact, some reports suggested there will be a regular Galaxy Note 10, a premium Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 CAD rendersPricebaba – OnLeaksBased on what we’ve heard so far, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ will be differentiated from their display sizes, 6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen for the former and 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen for the latter.The Galaxy Note 10 series is expected to feature a triple camera setup, consisting of a Time Of Flight (ToF) sensor, no headphone jack, and a microSD card slot. The new flagship is going to be interesting and it comes at a time when Google, Huawei and Apple are going to launch their own flagships. Stay tuned for updates.center_img Closelast_img read more

Clintons to attend Trumps presidential inauguration

first_imgDefeated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will attend Donald Trump’s inauguration on 20 January, as will former president George W Bush, aides to the politicians said Tuesday.In all, at least three former presidents will be at the US Capitol in Washington for the historic ceremony that kicks off Trump’s term as the nation’s 45th commander in chief: Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.Aides to both Clintons told AFP that the Democratic former rival to Trump in last year’s contentious presidential race, as well as her husband Bill who served in the White House from 1993 to 2001, will attend.George W Bush will attend with his wife, the former first lady Laura Bush, his office said.“They are pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power—a hallmark of American democracy—and swearing-in of President Trump and Vice President Pence,” the Bush spokesman said in a statement.Democrat Carter, 92, confirmed in December that he would be there for Republican Trump’s inauguration.The only other surviving ex-president, George H.W. Bush, is in frail health at age 92 and is not expected to attend.last_img read more

No objection to election reschedule Quader

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said his party will have no objection if the election schedule is deferred but this have to be done logically.“Holding the national elections, including the deferment of its schedule, is the jurisdiction of the Election Commission. They’ll decide whether they’ll defer the schedule. But the deferment should be done logically,” said the AL leader while speaking at a press conference at its Dhanmondi office.Earlier in the day, the Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front demanded deferment of the current election schedule by one month while talking to journalists at a press briefing at the National Press Club.last_img

For Last Jedi Director The Journey To Star Wars Began With Action

first_img Share The Last Jedi — the newest chapter in the Star Wars saga — marks the return of actors Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and the late Carrie Fisher to their Force Awakens characters. The space opera was written and directed by Rian Johnson, who’s also set to work on the next Star Wars trilogy.Johnson has been a Star Wars fan since he was a little boy in Denver, playing with his action figures.“My mom surprised me and got me a Jawa,” he recalls. “I wanted a Jawa, and she got it for me. But then you always end up losing the main characters, and you’re left with like Hammerhead and like the walrus man; with the weird droid whose name you don’t know, who’s missing a leg. Those were the first movies I was making in my head.”Vianney Le Caer/Invision/APDirector Rian Johnson says Luke Skywalker was his favorite Star Wars character growing up. He’s pictured here at the Dec. 12 London premiere of The Last Jedi.The 43-year-old filmmaker says his favorite character was Luke Skywalker.“Han Solo was cool, but I was not cool growing up,” Johnson says. “So I identified with this kid who feels like he’s in the middle of nowhere and disconnected from everything. It gets back to that thing of what these movies really appeal to: the idea of there’s this big adventure that’s out there that you can jump into, and it’s scary, but it’s going to be OK and it’s fun.”For Johnson, that meant everything from making home movies, to singing “Weird Al” Yankovic’s parody “Yoda” during the 2012 Fantastic Fest, to goofing around with actors on location for The Last Jedi. Fans say Johnson has captured the spirit of the original Star Wars movies. During Disney’s D23 Expo last summer, actor Mark Hamill told the audience that Johnson’s script was refreshing.“There were so many unexpected elements, which is great in a Star Wars film,” Hamill said. “Cause it’s harder and harder to bring new things to the table. And this is a real game changer.”The film is also a tribute to Carrie Fisher, who died suddenly last year after shooting her scenes as Princess Leia Organa Solo, now a general of the resistance. Johnson says he bonded with Fisher as a fellow writer.“She loved words, and she gave a beautiful performance,” he says. “Now that she’s gone, sadly, there’s a whole other context to the performance.”David James/LucasfilmRian Johnson directs the late Carrie Fisher on the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.Johnson says it was strange not having her and her therapy dog, Gary Fisher, with him during the promotional tour of this movie. “This is where she would just be a raging wildfire,” he says. “You know, this is where she would just be chewing ’em up and spitting ’em out in press interviews.”In an official behind-the scenes video, Fisher was less feisty and more pensive when describing The Last Jedi. “It’s about family,” she said. “And that’s what’s so powerful about it.”The newest member of that family is actress Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose Tico, a maintenance worker turned rebel hero. On the red carpet at the L.A. premiere, Tran was ecstatic about how Johnson plucked her from obscurity to be in the film.“He was so welcoming and collaborative and open and hilarious,” she said, adding that she and Johnson would often sing from the Hamilton soundtrack between takes. “He has this sort of child-like wonder that not many people have. Anybody who gets to work with him is just the luckiest. “On that same red carpet, Adam Driver, who plays Ben Solo (aka the dark warrior Kylo Ren), praised Johnson’s storytelling. “There’s so many things he has to pick up from The Force Awakens,” Driver told NPR. “But at the heart of it, it’s a character-driven movie, and he doesn’t sacrifice spectacle for story.”Johnson grew up making Super 8 and video movies with his younger brothers, sisters and cousins. He also sang in a folk duo called The Preserves with one of those cousins, Nathan Johnson, who’s composed the music for most of Rian Johnson’s movies.As a film student at the University of Southern California in the 1990s, Johnson began collaborating with cinematographer Steve Yedlin. Together, they made films like The Psychology of Dream Analysis and Evil Demon Golfball from Hell!!!After film school, Johnson worked as an assistant editor and post production runner, and he produced promos for the Disney Channel. For a decade, he also worked on his first feature, Brick, a high school detective movie. It starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was shot by Steve Yedlin and was produced by Ram Bergman.Bergman says they shot Brick for around $350,000, and filmed it at Johnson’s old high school in San Clemente, Calif. “I’m there from the first day that [Johnson] starts thinking about it, all the way until we deliver the movie,” he recalls. “I’m there to support him. We’re partners.”Johnson says Brick was “a weird little detective movie. And Ram was the reason I felt comfortable taking money from family and loved ones in order to make it. I thought, ‘Well, if Ram is running things, we’ll actually have a movie when we come out the other end of it all.’ “Bergman went on to produce all of Johnson’s features: Looper, The Brothers Bloom and now Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Johnson has also used the same cinematographer, Steve Yedlin, and editor, Bob Ducsay, for most of his films.That loyalty extends to his actors: Gordon-Levitt and Noah Segan have acted in all of Johnson’s features — they even have bit parts in The Last Jedi. Segan and Johnson are also best friends. The actor says Johnson has a through-line in all of his movies. “He has a tendency to be unafraid to allow his heroes to be vulnerable in heroic moments, and it started in Brick.”You can see that vulnerability in the three episodes Johnson directed for the AMC series Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston earned an Emmy for his performance in one of those episodes, “Ozymandias,” which some critics have called the greatest hour of television.Cranston says, “Rian has that ability to be able to find the core, and then put veneer over it, so that an audience senses something’s deeper about that character or the plot, and then you slowly reveal it to show the audience what they inherently thought it was going to be — or surprise them with a justifiable twist and catches them off guard. That’s beautiful narrative when you can do that.”Cranston says it makes sense that Johnson was chosen to write and direct Star Wars, because of his ability to create both intimate, almost theater-like scenes and cinematic, galactic battles.“For a storyteller, playing with the action figures was a precursor to blocking,” Cranston says. “He may not have even realized that himself, but that’s exactly what he was working on when he was a little nerd boy in middle school.”Johnson still laments that his original Star Wars figures were lost or destroyed long, long ago. “The toy I always wanted was the AT-AT, the walker.”Then, a week before The Last Jedi opened, fans from The Star Wars Show made little Rian Johnson’s dream come true.“They found me a vintage walker toy and they gave it to me,” he says, adding that it now sits in his office on top of an old video game computer monitor. “I got it home and I tore it out of the box and set it up, and it’s so cool. It took 30 years and making a Star Wars movie to do it, but I finally got my walker — nerrrrd.”After handing the baton back to director J.J. Abrams for the final episode in this trilogy, Johnson will soon begin plotting new Star Wars stories for the next.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

ACCN Announces Mens Soccer TV Schedule

first_img“ACC fans are passionate about their sports programs due in large part to their rich tradition of winning, especially in soccer,” said Stacie McCollum, ESPN senior director of programming and acquisitions. “From top to bottom, the level of play in the ACC is unparalleled, and ACCN will showcase the best teams in the country as they compete during the regular season. Also, for the first time ever, every game of the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship will be televised.”  Keeper Cam TechnologyTechnology and innovation will be at the forefront of ACCN’s coverage of men’s soccer as telecasts will feature ESPN’s exclusive “Keeper Cam” goal post camera system currently used on ESPN’s Major League Soccer productions. The technology utilizes cameras mounted inside the goal posts at both the four-inch and two-and one-half inch heights to provide unique views of the area in front of the goal, as well as straight down the goal line. The ACC will be the first and only collegiate conference to deploy the camera system. Dedicated WindowSimilar to other ACC fall sports, men’s soccer will have a dedicated night of live programming each week. ACC men’s games are slated for Fridays with additional matches on Tuesdays throughout the fall. ACCN will also televise the first round, quarterfinals and semifinals of the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship. Story Links GREENSBORO, N.C. – ACC Network (ACCN) the new, 24/7 national platform launching on August 22, 2019, will kick off its men’s soccer coverage this fall. ACCN will showcase the ACC’s men’s soccer programs with unprecedented national television coverage. The University of Louisville men’s soccer team is scheduled for three matches on ACCN; September 24 against Georgetown, October 25 at UNC, and against Wake Forest on November 1. Men’s Soccer on ACCNDate, Time, Game, NetworkSun, Sept. 1, 7 p.m., Creighton at Wake Forest, ACCNFri, Sept. 6, 4 p.m., Princeton at Duke, ACCNSun, Sept. 8, 7 p.m., New Hampshire at Syracuse, ACCNMon, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Akron at Pittsburgh, ACCNTue, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Fordham at Clemson, ACCNFri, Sept. 20, 6 p.m., Notre Dame at North Carolina, ACCNMon, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Western Michigan at Virginia, ACCNTue, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Georgetown at Louisville, ACCNFri, Sept. 27, 1 p.m., Boston College at Virginia Tech, ACCNTue, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., UNCW at North Carolina, ACCNFri, Oct. 4, 6 p.m., Notre Dame at NC State, ACCNTue, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., High Point at Wake Forest, ACCNFri, Oct. 11, 6 p.m., Duke at Notre Dame, ACCNTue, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., James Madison at Virginia, ACCNFri, Oct.18, 6 p.m., North Carolina at Wake Forest, ACCNTue, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Michigan at Notre Dame, ACCNFri, Oct. 25, 6 p.m., Louisville at North Carolina, ACCNFri, Nov. 1, 6 p.m., Wake Forest at Louisville, ACCNTue, Nov. 5, 2 p.m., ACC Championship First Round, ACCNTue, Nov. 5, 4 p.m., ACC Championship First Round, ACCNWed, Nov. 6, 2 p.m., ACC Championship First Round, ACCNWed, Nov. 6, 4 p.m., ACC Championship First Round, ACCNSun, Nov. 10, 1 p.m., ACC Championship Quarterfinal, ACCNSun, Nov. 10, 3 p.m., ACC Championship Quarterfinal, ACCNSun, Nov. 10, 5 p.m., ACC Championship Quarterfinal, ACCNSun, Nov. 10, 7 p.m., ACC Championship Quarterfinal, ACCNWed, Nov. 13, TBD, ACC Championship Semifinal, ACCNWed, Nov. 13, TBD, ACC Championship Semifinal, ACCN Strength of ACC Men’s SoccerACC men’s soccer has enjoyed unprecedented levels of success with the league winning eight NCAA titles since the turn of the century. The ACC has consistently placed the most teams in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, with the league sending an NCAA-record nine teams to the tournament each of the last three seasons. ACCN will exclusively televise 28 men’s soccer games in its debut year – representing a 92 percent increase in the number of ACC men’s soccer events available on a linear network over last year. Coupled with the 62 women’s fall sports events set for ACCN announced on Wednesday, ACC fall sports will enjoy the most national coverage ever for the 2019 season. About ACC NetworkOwned and operated by ESPN in partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference, ACC Network (ACCN) is a new 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports set to launch August 22, 2019. Approximately 450 live contests including 40 regular-season football games, 150 men’s and women’s basketball games, and 200 other regular-season competitions and tournament games from across the conference’s 27 sponsored sports will be televised annually, plus a complement of news and information shows and original programming. Together, the ACCN and its digital platform, ACC Network Extra (ACCNE), will feature 1,350 ACC events in its first year. ESPN has been televising ACC content since 1979 and has exclusive rights to every conference-controlled game across all sports and championships. “Men’s soccer is so strong across the ACC,” said Amy Rosenfeld, ACCN senior coordinating producer. “That high level quality of play warrants the best technology we can implement to showcase this great sport, and serve the fan. We are so excited to debut “Keeper Cam” on men’s collegiate soccer coverage for the first time in history, exclusively on ACCN.”  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more